Hidden Star Explains Supernova Oddity

A star once hidden by a stellar death shroud is the source of odd behavior of its companion supernova, a new study has found. The find has laid to rest lingering questions over how the supernova, known as SN2001ig, seemed to change its cosmic stripes within weeks while astronomers looked on. “It was quite satisfying to be able to hold up a picture and see that there was a companion star right where we predicted,” said Stuart Ryder, an astronomer with the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, Australia, in a telephone interview.

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